Motorcyclist outruns police, but justice prevails in the end

Suspicious person report leads to arrest in Dike

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 27, 2008 - A Quinlan man was apprehended at a church in the Dike community Friday after leading police on a motorcycle chase through Sulphur Springs and along Interstate 30.

Chase Lee Stibbens, 29, was among five motorcyclists that were being stopped in the 100 block of Gilmer Street at 9:13 p.m. Friday for exhibition of acceleration. But Stibbens, who was already wanted on a Rockwall warrant for violation of probation, apparently decided to try and outrun police on his bike.

Stibbens headed south on Gilmer Street, then took the Mockingbird Lane split to East Industrial Drive with Sulphur Springs Police Officer Jameison Hawkins in pursuit.

The chase continued to a nearby overpass, then down East Shannon Road, where the biker then got onto the Interstate and began making tracks eastward, according to arrest reports.

Hawkins kept the bike in sight, following until it reached Mahoney Road (FM 69). The pursuit was then terminated due to the high speed of the chase, according to reports.

A short while later, authorities received a report of asuspicious person at Dike Baptist Church. Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Victor Cosme and Deputy Amanda Lovett found Stibbens at the FM 69 church, confirmed he was the man involved in the chase and took him into custody.

Sulphur Springs police were notified, and Lt. Jay Sanders went to the location and transported Stibbens back to Sulphur Springs.

Hawkins met them at the Hopkins County jail, where he charged Stibbens shortly after 10 p.m. with evading arrest or detention in a vehicle, a felony charge. Stibbens was also booked on the Rockwall County charge, according to arrest reports.

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